Beans and Rice. If you aren’t familiar with this combination, you should be. This is what much of the world eats everyday. It is inexpensive and makes up a complete protein. Their flavors couple wonderfully and can be enhanced with the right seasonings (like the seasonings in this very recipe).
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if these are authentic Brazilian beans and rice, but this is the best beans and rice recipe I have EVER tasted. So if any Brazilians are reading this, cook this recipe and let me know what you think.
When deciding what makes a good easy to chew recipe, there are a few qualifications that must be considered:
Brazilian Beans and Rice do all this and more. I hope you like them!
In a big skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add the onions and cook them for 3 minutes, until they start to turn clear. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the beans, broth, and the seasonings. On low heat, cook for 7-8 minutes while stirring
Remove from heat and add the lime juice. Mash the beans with a spatula until the beans are the consistency you want.
In a large saucepan, bring the rice and chicken broth to a boil on high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover the saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and the cilantro.
Serve the beans with the rice
Brazilian Beans and Rice are soft, moist, and contain multiple soft textures. Any meat present has been prepared so that there are no pieces larger than ¼ inch (or 6mm). These foods are soft enough that, with minimal effort, they can be easily formed into swallowable-sized portions.
Brazilian Beans and Rice can be easily pureed in a blender or food processor. Use a food processor to blend the cooked rice and the cooked beans separately. Use a little chicken broth if you need to thin it more. Top the pureed rice with the pureed beans, be sure to top with lime juice
Rice and Beans are a nutritional powerhouse. One serving contains approximately:
All these nutrients are harder to get consistently when you have trouble chewing or swallowing. You should strongly consider eating beans and rice on a regular basis.
Brazilian Beans and Rice make a great lunch! In Latin American and Spanish speaking countries, beans and rice are an everyday lunch food. Follow their example, eat this for lunch and save any leftovers for dinner!
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